The Perfect Belize Getaway

Author: , November 9th, 2013

BelizeIf you’re planning a trip to Belize, chances are you’ve already pulled up images of tucans perched in the jungle, the laid-back shores of Ambergris Caye, or maybe the view from top resorts like Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn and the luxury El Secreto, so named for its sense of deep seclusion and privacy.

But what is it about this Central American tropical retreat, equipped with 240 miles of rugged coastline, that places it one step ahead of the pack from neighboring countries like Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras?

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Toucan Nest, San Pedro, Belize

Author: , April 30th, 2012

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Toucan Nest, San Pedro, BelizeWelcome to Belize’s Toucan Nest Guesthouse – a tropical getaway on Ambergris Caye – what a great find!

Each morning, Toucan Nest offers a fantastic breakfast, as well as full service trip and tour planning. There are so many things to do here, including:

Visiting the Mayan Ruins

Author: , March 23rd, 2012

Mayan RuinsMarch 20, the spring equinox, marks the first major date of 2012 for the Maya Long Count calendar. The hype has already caused a bump in tourism at many already-popular sites throughout the Mundo Maya, but with a little advance planning, you can carve out some solitude (and preserve your sanity) while contemplating the enduring mysteries of the Maya civilization at their remarkable ruins.

While visiting the sites of Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum in the Riviera Maya, I was fortunate enough to have access to Dr. Julia Miller, an archeologist specializing in Maya culture and architecture and tour guide for the Merida-based operator Catherwood Travels. Below, a rundown of some of Miller’s input from my incessant questions, as well as some practical tips on how to maximize your visit to the Mundo Maya.

Ask about group size before you book. Go with as small a group as possible, especially at larger sites like Chichen Itza. Ask before booking about maximum numbers, as well as the guide-to-guest ratio. Otherwise, you may find yourself straining to hear anything at the back of a screeching horde of clueless tourists wearing fanny packs and even bathing suits.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge, San Ignacio, Belize

Author: , March 10th, 2011

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Gay Friendly Belize Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge, San Ignacio, belizeYears ago, we fell in love with Belize – in all of her human and biological diversity – and decided to make the move from Baltimore to Belize. We started looking for the perfect place to make our home, and We then began to look for a small piece of paradise and foundfinally found this wonderful fifty acres in the beautiful Cayo district of Belize.

Over the next ten years, we worked on the property, as we decided what to do with is. We finally decided to make it into a small nature reserve and bird sanctuary, along with an eco-friendly jungle lodge Still wanting to remain productive, we opted to open our lodge amidstin our magnificent jungle setting. After four more years of hard work, we’ve accomplished our goal, and we’re ready to share this wonderful place with visitors0.

If you love nature, we’re confident that you’ll be in awe of this peaceful and tranquil environment, just like we are.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Mariposa Jungle Lodge, San Ignacio, Belize

Author: , January 10th, 2011

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Gay Friendly Belize Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Mariposa Jungle LodgeWelcome to the Mariposa Jungle Lodge, a gayifriendly Belize eco-lodge and resort for the discerning traveler – we provide “Adventure by day and Comfort by night.”

Our Belize Eco Lodge is in the heart of the Maya Mountains, set amongst a pristine rain forest, close to Mayan ruins, waterfalls and natural swimming pools, mysterious caves, and the vivid flora and fauna of the jungle.

You’ll sleep in wonderfully comfortable Egyptian cotton linens, with mosquito netting screening your king size canopy bed. In the afternoons, you can relax in the hammock on your private screened-in porch.

Each of our thatched-roof luxury cabanas sits under the jungle canopy where the sounds of nature create a daily symphony.

We’re well-known for our great meals, and we also have a modest wine inventory and a full bar in our main Lodge. You’ll also find a widescreen TV for movies, a good sound system for listening and dancing, and a library of games, puzzles and an eclectic book collection.

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A Week As Indiana Jones in Belize

Author: , October 28th, 2010
by Sharyn Brinker, Mariposa Jungle Lodge Ltd., San Ignacio, Belize
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Like Indiana Jones in Belize

Belize ZiplineOkay. You think you’ve done it all. You’ve traveled Belize. You’ve seen the Maya archaeological sites. You’ve snorkeled or dived at the fabulous reef. You’ve heard the howler monkeys and spotted iguanas along the Macal River. You’ve even survived the drives along off-roads that would be worthy of a ticket at Disneyland. What’s left?

BelizeAway from the cayes and Placencia, Belize is a young, scarcely developed country, fertile with new exploration opportunities. Tour operators and licensed tour guides are always looking for yet another unique destination for their guests. And they continue to find them.

A daring Purple Roofs subscriber asked the proprietor of Mariposa Jungle Lodge for suggestions for a week of “borderline risky” experiences so he could escape his professional world and transform his persona into Indiana Jones. He was physically fit, adventuresome and looking for challenge. As they say in the Cayo region of Belize, “No problema.”

BelizeInasmuch as this was his first trip to Belize, he spent a few days on Caye Caulker. From there, he snorkeled with the nurse sharks at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley, and went scuba diving at the Blue Hole. Then, off to the jungle in Cayo, where he experienced the basics, i.e., a day at the great Maya site at Caracol, a hike through the awesome Rio Frio Cave, a horseback ride and cave descent in the jungle, a day at Tikal in Guatemala. At Caracol and Tikal, he climbed every temple and soaked up the historical, cultural and aesthetic offerings. At Big Rock, he climbed the rocks and dove into the natural pool.

Belize CavesWith the basic cultural and tourist destination visits under his belt, Indiana moved on to mountain biking. Mountain biking in the Cayo jungle is not for the novice or feint of heart. The paths are rugged and the environment often untouched by human development. At times, it’s easier to push the bike than ride it. At other times, the mud might make pushing the only option. A stop to tour the temple at Xunantunich is a welcome relief and Indiana climb 130feet of tall steps to enjoy a 360 degree panoramic view of Cayo and nearby Guatemala. Undaunted, he climbs and descends before continue his mountain biking.

Having ascended to the heights of Caracol and Xunantunich, Indiana is assured he won’t get the bends from descending to Xibalba at Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM). But lots of adventuresome travelers have survived ATM. Indiana wants more. He’s taken to Crystal Cow Cave, where only the serious spelunker and physically fit adventurer can venture. He thrived on climbing, crawling and rappelling.

So he’s taken to Elijio Panti Park for a day-long hike along less than well-trimmed trails. Most visitors opt for horses, but not Indiana. It was strictly his own two feet, along with those of his intrepid guide, as they sloshed through the mud and ignored the rain, in their quest to visit a great Maya Ceremonial Cave. This cave is known to locals but not often visited because of its inaccessibility.

Belize CaveBut, another special treat was in store for our Intrepid Indiana. He was guided to another cave that was “being considered” for tourist access by the relevant government officials. He and his guide entered the cave, crawled, climbed and explored, and exited as satisfied spelunkers who’d “beaten the system” until they met the local Forest Ranger near the exit. Fortunately, the Ranger was “visitor friendly” and congratulated Indiana on his exploit. Perhaps it was helpful that the gentlemen had met during dinner at Mariposa Jungle Lodge.

Most nights were spent dining and relaxing at the Lodge, but one night found Indiana night canoeing on the Belize River in search of crocodiles and jungle wildlife. It was a quiet night. Peace reigned. A few kinkajou were spotted by an especially alert guide.

Indiana’s 13-day trip was long by average standards but cut short for him by limited airline availability. Among the adventures he left behind are a day at Calico Jack’s Village, for ziplining, hiking and exploration of two recently open caves, each with outstanding formations.

Mariposa Jungle Lodge, BelizeFor the discerning and experienced traveler who is seeking a great jungle experience, Mariposa Jungle Lodge is a boutique resort, centrally situated for visits to all the sites in the Heart of Cayo. Its licensed tour operation offers both popular and unusual excursion options, including a “Let’s Get Physical” package for the Indiana Jones adventurer. Located on an unexcavated Mayan mound, beneath the jungle canopy, each Mariposa luxury cabana is beautifully furnished with king size bed, sitting area, screened-in porch and private hammock.

Mariposa lives by the motto, “Adventure by Day and Comfort by Night.” Sumptuous full breakfasts and theme-based 3 or 4 course meals are offered in the main lodge building, where guests also enjoy a fully-licensed bar, a reasonable wine selection, a good sound system, a cozy library with eclectic book collection, complimentary wireless Internet, and a separate screened-in room with jungle view to reserve for that special, romantic, private candelightdinner. Guests can also reserve the 23-foot jungle birdwatch tower for private sunbathing, evening stargazing, or overnight in sleeping bags, or join the staff in a jungle gourmet BBQ dinner under the stars. Management, staff, and all tour guides employed, are gay and lesbian-friendly. Guests are promised personalized service, excellent food, peace and privacy, and an immaculate, comfortable, romantic, friendly environment.

Featured Property: Casa Rana Villa – San Pedro, Belize

Author: , September 15th, 2010

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Gay Friendly Belize Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Casa Rana - San Pedro, BelizeIt began with a vacation. But when we arrived on Ambergris Caye, Diana and I were mesmerized by the beauty of the water, the sky and the island.

The week was filled with snorkeling, fishing, exploring and simply observing the majesty of nature. We cooked fresh fish, lobster, and ate succulent fruits and vegetables; truly delicious food.

And by the end of the week, we knew we wanted to be here. Within a couple of months we found property in the most exclusive part of the island, Mexico Rocks. Utilizing the principles of Fens Shui, our we planned to build one of the most beautiful homes on the island, a place that would be in harmony with nature, a place of spirituality, and a place where one could nourish the soul.

Casa Rana offers 4,000 sf just 65 feet from the Caribbean. There’s a private beach with a dock and palapa for shade, as well as a Ffresh water plunge pool.

Inside, you’ll find a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, with purified water and an ice maker, and there’s also an Ooutdoor BBQ area.

The bedrooms are air conditioned, and the beds feature pilow-top mattresses, Egyptian cotton sheets, and down pillows. There’s also an IiPod station in each room, as well as a flat-screen TV and internet access.

Casa Rana is a living, breathing, piece of art – full with energy twenty four hours a day. At night the unique light transforms the house into another dimension. Bring your family and friends and share with us a most incredible Belize vacation.

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